Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on July 20, 2023.
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August in Pittsburgh is most certainly the peak of summer. Numerous sunny days means a number of great outdoor events, as well as many opportunities to beat the heat with ice cream, a cold adult beverage, a museum with air conditioning, and more.
In this one, we wanted to share some of the best things to consider checking out in Pittsburgh during the month!
So if you are looking for things to do in Pittsburgh in August, check out the following options!
Steelers Training Camp
In August we start the final countdown to the return of Steelers season! While the home opener doesn't occur until September, you can get your Pittsburgh Steelers fix by heading over to St Vincent's College in Latrobe for training camp!
The schedule features many August practices all the way through the 17th of the month, so you have many opportunities to get a sneak peek at the team before football season begins! Note that while the event is free, guests in 2023 must register in advance.
PedalPGH is Pittsburgh's premier biking event, with proceeds going to benefit local organization BikePGH.
This annual bike ride around the city features four unique routes that change every year of approximately 7, 25, 40, and 62 miles in length. Routes typically cover surface streets as opposed to existing Pittsburgh bike trails, which presents a fun opportunity to bike somewhere new in the city (but note bikers share the streets with traffic here). During the event hours, support stations with water, snacks, and more are also provided (which is crucial if it ends up being an exceptionally hot August day!).
While anyone can participate as the routes are marked on streetlights and stop signs, only those who sign up in advance with a paid ticket will have the routes sent to them ahead of time. In 2023, PedalPGH takes place on August 27th, but the route markers are generally left up for several days for those who want to ride outside the official window.
Seven Springs Wine Festival
Fancy a glass of wine? Or how about several glasses of wine? Or how about several glasses of wine and the gorgeous scenery of the Laurel Highlands as a backdrop? This is what you'll get at Seven Springs annual Wine Festival which features an array of wine samples from PA-based wineries!
In 2023, the Wine Festival will take place from August 25th to 27th.
Peach Picking at Simmon's Farm
Come mid-August, peach season is in full swing and in Pittsburgh there is no farm better suited for peach picking than Simmon's Farm in McMurray, PA.
This is one of the most beautiful farms you'll visit in the region, and their abundance of peach trees will ensure you do not leave disappointed. Just be careful as bees love the peaches that fall to the ground!
Love vegan food and other vegan-forward businesses? You'll definitely want to head to the North Side on August 5th, 2023, for the annual VegFest! This one always features several dozen restaurants and vendors sharing the love for all things vegan food.
Just be sure to go early as this one can get quite busy!
Barrel & Flow Fest
Barrel & Flow Fest (formerly Fresh Fest) returns in 2023 for another celebration of black brewers and local artists. This beer festival is always one of the best of the year for bringing in many unique breweries into the city, beer collaborations you wont find anywhere else, great music, food, and more. A staple for us every year!
In 2023, Barrel & Flow Fest takes place on August 12th in the Strip District.
Cinema in the Park
Get out and enjoy the long hot summer nights with Cinema in the Park– a weekly movie series at ten different Pittsburgh parks including Grandview Park (pictured), the West End Overlook, Riverview Park, and more! Be sure to check out the movie schedules at the previous link to find where the best movies are playing at any given week.
Squirrel Hill Night Market
Pittsburgh loves its farmer's markets, this is true, but did you know that Squirrel Hill is host to a new night market that occurs several times throughout the summer?
Murray Avenue closes down for this one, and food trucks, vendors, artisans, and musicians fill the streets for an event that is as much of a block party as it is a market. But be careful to check the schedule- this one only happens a few times per summer!
In 2023, the August edition of the Squirrel Hill Night Market will take place on August 26th.
Sports in August
Pittsburgh sports goes far beyond baseball, hockey, and football. So this August, why not get tickets to check out a Riverhounds soccer game at Highmark Stadium in Station Square! In 2023, the Riverhounds will be playing at home on the 16th, 23rd, and 26th!
Is American football more your speed? The NFL preseason gets underway in August and the first Steelers home game is on the 19th against the Bills at 6:30 PM!
Finally, the Pirates play many home games throughout the month, with a scheduled fireworks night on August 26th as they take on the Cubs at 7:15PM!
Shows in August
There are many great shows coming up in August including P!NK at PNC Park on August 5th, Morgan Wallen at PNC Park on August 30th (rescheduled from earlier in the year), the Stars of Riverview Jazz Series at Riverview Park on Saturday nights, and many great concerts in the Allegheny County Summer Concert series at Hartwood Acres and South Park!
On Sundays an added feature comes out as the on-site amphitheater puts on live music performances, perfect for those who want to come out and make a day of it! The schedule for 2023 can be found here.
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